The new school year is officially two weeks old and according to superintendent Michael Messore, the district has experienced a smooth return from summer break.
At each of Barrington’s six public schools, Mr. Messore praised custodial staff for their work towards getting the buildings ready. He said this staff does a “phenomenal” job of getting each school as pristine as possible.
“Everything looked clean when we were ready to go,” he said.
Mr. Messore also didn’t have any facilities issues to report. Just the opposite, he pointed to improvements that greeted parents and students such as a new parking lot at Sowams School and new sidewalks at Hampden Meadows School.
At the latter of these two sites, new principal Tracey McGee is among three new administrators leading local schools for the first time.
Mr. Messore said Ms. McGee, Tracey Whitehead (Nayatt) and Andrew Anderson (Barrington Middle School) are all settling in nicely and doing well. He said the new administrators are getting acclimated to their new communities and their questions have either been typical of any principal at the beginning of a new school year or centered on getting adjusted to the new district.
“It’s going very well. It’s a very good transition,” he said.
Much like these principals, Mr. Messore started out this school year in a new role, having officially started his time as superintendent just after the end of last school year. Mr. Messore said he can’t complain about how the 2012-13 academic year has begun.
“I’m surrounded by an excellent central office, I’ve got a very strong administration and a very supportive faculty and staff,” Mr. Messore said.
“We’re looking to accomplish many goals this year and we’re off to a good start.”
Mr. Messore said some of these goals included completing the writing and implementation of common core curriculum in addition to the formation of data teams and changes to the teacher evaluation system. Contributing to these efforts will be recently hired director for curriculum and instruction Paula Dillon, whose first official day with the district was Tuesday, Sept. 4.
The only minor snag to start the school year has been a few transportation issues, though director of administration and finance Ron Tarro said it is nothing out of the ordinary.
Mr. Tarro there have been a couple of minor problems, such as buses running behind schedule or students new to town not being added to rosters, though these types of instances are typical to a new school year.
Mr. Tarro said district officials recently met with representatives of First Student transportation to iron out some of the early year issues, looking at the schedule and adjusting load counts to keep the operation running smooth throughout the year.
Overall, Mr. Tarro said the number of transportation concerns this year have actually been less than usual.